University of Minnesota Interview Questions & Reviews in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014
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    Junior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Minnesota in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    My initial communication began by emailing a research professor who emailed me back three weeks later telling me the email mysteriously took three weeks for her to receive. Although I saw this was a red flag, I was desperate for a job.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Custodian Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    interviewed at University of Minnesota in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    It was pretty straightforward. I submitted my documents and they got back to me within the next few days. Had an interview with my current supervisor who asked standard questions. Got an offer within the next few days.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Administrative Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    I submitted an application in November and didn't hear back until December. The interview process took 2 weeks, but once you hear back, it moves quickly. There are a lot of busy schedule to coordinate. So timing can be difficult. I applied online, did research, reached out via LinkedIn

    Interview Questions
    • It takes time to learn and get acclimated to the University. What are you plans here with the university? (i.e. will you stay for the long haul)   View Answer
    • Because this is a new position, how do you see yourself in this position?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There isn't much you can negotiate because it's union. They have a formula they used to figure out what they can offer you. If I had to do it again, I would clearly ask what they used to consider into this calculation. Ask for specifics, like "did you notice my certificate in ____?" Or "did you see that I am a member of ___ and completed continuing education?" then from there start your negotiation. Research is BIG at the U. So really show that you add value to the U. The pay is lower than private sectors, but the benefits and job security is much better.

    You can only get a standard 3% salary increase per year afterward. Therefore, it's important to take time in negotiation and really get what you want. Ask for it. Other perks are available too. Working from home, flex time, start early, work longer days and take Friday off etc. just not salary. If they won't give you the salary you want. Ask for time to think about it. Then come back with what you want and re-negotiate. Don't cave. It's a lot of work just to get you to this phase, so even if you feel like you want this job, take time to think clearly. All they can do is say no to one specific request. Like no, you can't start at 6 AM, but you can at ....

    You won't know until you ask

    Figure out your BATNA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Community Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Minnesota in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Asks a lot of questions about diversity and acceptance. Also asks about times when you've worked through difficult situations and your method for building community.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult was talking about how diversity impacts the community and how you would handle a situation where students weren't open to accepting others.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2+ months - interviewed at University of Minnesota in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the job online after seeing a paper posting in my research area. I talked with one of the interviewers prior to the actual interview in regards to what the job entailed and what their perspective of the job, the boss and the university was. I was notified that I was going to go through a personal interview about 6 weeks after applying for the job and received an offer about 4 weeks after that. The interview was a two person panel and they asked me questions about what I wanted out of this job and what I could provide for this research unit. There was nothing really difficult or unexpected about the questioning.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were all pretty straightforward in regards to the job expectations on my end and the employer's end, as well as what I wanted out of this job.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Undergraduate Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at University of Minnesota in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Spoke with a professor whom had interesting research and became employed in their lab after asking

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Find someone you like who is well respected and does work interesting to you
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at University of Minnesota in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I responded to an online job advertisement, which asked for a cover letter, CV, and three references. I was then asked to have an interview over skype since I was on a different continent. I had the interview and several weeks later was offered the job via email.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation phase
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Graduate Teaching Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at University of Minnesota.

    Interview Details

    Met with the Graduate Program Director. Asked questions on motivation behind pursuing graduate studies.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at University of Minnesota in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Two interviews, with two different sets of people -- 2nd interview followed a couple weeks after 1st interview. Questions were pretty common, no surprises. Couldn't get any clarity from the HR group as to who I would be interviewing with -- even on the day-of. That was frustrating. Decision time: took about a week for them to contact me.

    Negotiation Details
    Wasn't able to negotiate in light of budget constraints. In hindsight, perhaps I should have walked away, but I am focused on the opportunity to learn to apply my skills in a new industry.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Recruiting Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at University of Minnesota in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Knew an internal employee. They contacted me and asked me to apply and interview. The department flew me up for an interview. I interviewed with the entire department. Really standard questions. They made an offer about a week later. I was waiting on another offer but eventually took the position.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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